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Cross County, AR -- Marsha Mays Reporting

Cross County Courthouse Finally Gets a Break From the Heat

JUNE 6, 2006 -- POSTED AT 7:45 P.M. CDT  

CROSS COUNTY, AR -- Some hot air has finally been taken out of the Cross County Courthouse and it's all thanks to a new air conditioner.

"During the summer with the air being out, it's been unbearable hot. We leave sweating and without an appetite by the time we go home," says Sherry Rogers, whose job forces her to work in the heat.

Cross County Judge Kenneth Witcher has been in office for nearly 2 years now, but the problem with the air has been an issue long before his term ever began.

"This building was built in 1969 and the heat and air system, that was previously here, was put in at that time," says Cross County Judge Kenneth Witcher.

At the beginning of 2006, the Quorum Court finally voted to replace the old system. Bids were taken and Sibley Solutions out of Memphis began working to solve the problem. Not only is the new system going keep things a lot cooler, it's also going help the county save some money.

"We're cutting our utilities in half or better. So in order for it to pay for itself in 5 years or less, it's going to be a substantial savings that we're going to enjoy," says Witcher.

During the 2 months that the air was turned off, the employees at the Cross County Courthouse were forced to work in unbearable conditions.

With temperatures topping 90 degrees 11 times over the past 2 spring months, working in this heat is not something that's exactly pleasant.

"They've known it needed to be fixed over the winter and then they started come spring time, knowing the hot air was about to be upon us, and it came a little bit earlier this year, so yes I think they should've done something a little bit sooner," says Sherry Rogers.

However, the county judge said everything has gone according to schedule and it's just a process that takes patience from everyone. Patience that's finally no longer needed. The air started blowing Tuesday afternoon and many employees said it's been a long time coming.

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